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Geza Anda
plays Haydn, Schumann, Ravel, Liebermann, Chopin and Brahms
2 CD | 2h 05min | Nr. 94.211
CD 1: » Joseph Haydn: KlavierSonata No. 38 F major Hob. XVI:23
» Robert Schumann: Sinfonische Etüden op. 13
» Maurice Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales
» Maurice Ravel: KlavierSonata (1951)
CD 2: » Frédéric Chopin: Ballade No. 1 g minor op. 23 – Largo - Moderato
» Robert Schumann: Carnaval op. 9 (Scènes mignonnes sur quatre notes)
» Frédéric Chopin: 12 Etudes op. 25
» Johannes Brahms: Intermezzo E flat major op. 117 No. 1 – Andante moderato

Géza Anda's early reputation was built upon his unrivaled mastery of the great Romantic repertoire: Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, Ravel ... As he developed as an artist, he developed a special affinity for the Piano Concertos of Mozart, but was rather ambivalent to the solo piano works of the Salzburg master, or for that matter, even some music of Haydn and Beethoven. The current program, drawn both from studio recordings dating from 1950-51 (Haydn, Schumann, Opus 13, Ravel and Liebermann) and from a 1955 live concert, incorporated in 1950 and 1951) and a concert from 1955 reflects some of the artist’s musical preoccupations. Andas’ infallible sense of form, and understanding of the inner workings of the music and his brilliant, unsentimental performing style have influenced subsequent generations of pianists. Anda also demonstrates his mastery of contemporary music – as can be heard not only in his recordings of the Bartók concertos - but here in his reading of the Rolf Liebermann Sonata.

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